DALLAS — It was a Sunday afternoon in December 2008, and Joe Cotton was in a small office in Dallas waiting to receive his annual pay check.
It was his first day at his new job as a customer service representative for the cotton manufacturer for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Cotton was a big guy in the industry, standing 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing about 230 pounds.
He was also the oldest employee in the office, and he was always a big boy to boot.
Cormac was a member of the Cowboys organization since the 1980s, and it was a position he would eventually fill as an assistant coach for the team.
His role at the office was as a personal trainer, and Cotton said he was given the assignment to do just that.
When Cotton began working in the Dallas office, the Cowboys had just released a new logo.
The name of the team had changed from the Dallas Cowboys to the Dallas Texans, but the name of their stadium had remained the same.
Cotton was given a new job to work for.
At first, Cotton had no idea that the change in name would cause him to lose his job, but he had to adjust quickly.
After his first few weeks, he felt like a new man.
He had his first real relationship with the team, and his job was becoming much easier.
Carys Cotton, left, with fellow employee Joe Cotton, right, and fellow employee John Cotton, who also goes by the nickname “Joey.”
Cotton says he had no intention of leaving the job he loved.
“The first day I came in, I got called in and told that we had a problem with a guy who had been a teammate for three years and was working on his team,” he said.
“I had no reason to leave, because I loved the team.”
After being named a member to the Cowboys’ staff, Cotton would work as a team trainer and get to know players.
He learned to coach players as well, but it was still a small job.
Corys Cotton and his family were able to keep working during his first contract, but Cotton said it was difficult when he needed a break to go home.
Cats Cotton, the new coach of the Dallas team, says he was not expecting to be with the Cowboys until 2019.
His family had moved to Houston, and the move was costly.
“I had to find a place to live and we had to make a lot of sacrifices,” Cotton said.
But Cotton and other employees were able keep the family afloat by staying in the Houston area during the holidays.
Candy had been working in Dallas for about four years before the change, and by the time the Cowboys released him in the summer of 2019, he had become a regular at home.
He said it helped that the team has a large Hispanic community in the city.
“It’s definitely a place where you can kind of feel comfortable,” Cotton told ABC News.
“They kind of live in their own community and it’s not that big.
They’ve got a lot going on in their community.
I think it’s kind of a big part of what keeps people here.”
Cyrus Cotton, Joe Cotton and their family.
Photo credit: Courtesy of the Cotton familyCotton, who is Hispanic, said he wanted to stay in the area because he knew it was where his father was from and that it was “where my brothers were from.”
He said he felt comfortable at home, but was still trying to figure out how to adapt to a new lifestyle.
“When I first moved here, I was trying to find someplace to live that I felt safe,” Cotton added.
“And now that I’m here, my family and I are safe.
I just want to go and live my life.”
Joe Cotton, whose father John Cotton is a former NFL defensive end, talks about his time with the Dallas franchise.
Photo Credit: Courtesy the Cotton FamilyCotton said he knew he had made the right choice when the team signed him.
“This is my first opportunity, I wanted to be here, but I also wanted to work with the organization,” Cotton explained.
“To me, it was the best decision.”
Cody Cotton was able to help the Cowboys in their transition from the Cowboys to Houston.
Cody and his wife, Candy, and their children were able in part because of Cotton’s work ethic.
“He was a great teammate.
He really pushed me.
He helped me through some tough times,” Cotton, now a graduate student at Texas A&M University, said.”
We’ve grown up together and I’m thankful that we have a brother like Joe,” Cotton’s wife Candy said.
Cotton has since made a name for himself as a coach, and has worked with players from the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboy.
He has also worked with the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Atlanta